Washington, D.C.-area lecture examines the Battle of Jephthah (Judges 11)
On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, the Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) will host the lecture “Ammonites v Israelites: Battle of Jephthah (Judges 11)” by Dr. Elizabeth Bloch-Smith of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Biblical account of the Ammonites’ war with Israel invokes as the casus belli earlier entanglements with the Moabites and Amorites. This text, considered misinformed or confused by Biblical commentators, is clarified by archaeological evidence. Changing geo-politics, homonyms and two cities with the same name conspired to conflate two time periods and historical contexts. The clarified text illustrates both Israel’s combative relations with the neighboring kingdoms and the need to revise literary texts to explain contemporary events which fashion the history of Israel.
“Ammonites v Israelites: Battle of Jephthah (Judges 11),”
presented by Dr. Elizabeth Bloch-Smith
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW)
Dec. 17, 2014, at 8 p.m.
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
Reservations are not required. Fees per lecture are: $5 – Residents of CES Life Communities, high school students and co-sponsors; $8 – BASONOVA & JCCGW members; $10 – the general public. For more information, please contact [email protected].
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